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Statement on Kamloops residential school from Darcy Ataman

All of us at Make Music Matter are profoundly saddened by the discovery of the 215 children found buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

As an organization and humanitarians, we have historically operated in countries overseas where mass atrocities and genocide have or are taking place. Now, as citizens in the country in which we were founded, we must publicly recognize that the moral arbiter we culturally purported to be was encased in a glass house.

Let us humble ourselves to listen on bended knee to all remaining survivors and families of the victims of this inexcusable atrocity, with the intention of taking concrete, sustainable action that encompasses healing, accountability, and reparations directed by the affected communities.

Peace and reconciliation can only be secured by justice and acknowledgment of our collective complicity.

 

-Darcy Ataman, M.S.C. – Make Music Matter founder and CEO

 


Find out more: Remains of 215 children found buried at former B.C. residential school (CBC News)

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